Kobe v. Lebron, #24 v. #23, The Black Mamba v. King James… on and on we can go with clichéd comparisons between two exceptionally gifted NBA basketball players. One, a proven NBA champion; the other, a proven media champion.

Why write about Lebron on a Lakers website?

Simple.

We followed Lebron James almost as closely as we did our beloved Lakers. We scoffed when he had monster games. We candidly rejoiced when he struggled. We spent hour’s texting, tweeting and talking about why Kobe > Lebron would always be the accurate portrayal of that equation. We hid behind the Mamba’s rings, the game winners, the notorious finger…

Why spend so much time thinking about Lebron James – a player who has won the same number of NBA Finals games as you and I have? Why root against him so passionately, even when it meant that we support our most hated rivals, the Boston Celtics? Why pay so much attention to what happens in a rather glum NBA city over 2,300 miles from Los Angeles?

In a single word: Fear.

We feared that he was good enough to make us all liars; brave enough to rip the torch out of Kobe Bryant’s hand; resolute enough to put an end to the Lakers repeat bid. In our very worst nightmares, Lebron James became exactly who the media had been telling us he was all along – the King of the NBA, the best player in the world, an NBA champion.

When we peeked out from behind our perceived confidence, we realized that James was like nothing we had seen before. He ran over the NBA this season. He rightfully won his second consecutive MVP in a landslide. He demolished the Lakers both times they faced off. He led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a league-best 61 wins, and on most nights, made it look rather easy.

Even so, during last night’s Game 6 in Boston, a pair of unthinkable things happened to me:

  1. I openly pulled for the Boston Celtics – something that certainly made me feel like more of a sellout than Snoop Dog.
  2. As time expired, with the crowd chanting New York Knicks and Clevelanders making a frenzied rush to the closest liquor store, I felt a small hint of sadness for Lebron James.

James has been spoon fed his entire life. Before he had even experienced a high school prom, his games were being nationally televised on ESPN. He pocketed $90 million from Nike without having ever taken the floor in an NBA jersey. He was thrust into the spotlight by a jaded media in search of a superstar to quickly replace the shunned, post-Colorado Kobe Bryant. He instantaneously became a media-god, the next great one, the heir to the throne, the King of the NBA.

In James’ defense, he didn’t know any better; or maybe even worse, he didn’t believe the rules applied to him. When everyone around you is relentlessly praising you, at some point, you start to praise yourself. You become childish and classless when you don’t get your way – the type of individual who would walk off the floor after a loss in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Orlando Magic.

You make pompous remarks to the media like, “If I really wanted to be the scoring champion every single year, I could really do it.” You get defensive after a bad performance and tell the world, “I spoil a lot of people with my play; when you’ve had three bad games in a seven year career, then it’s easy to point that [a bad game] out.”

To this point in his career, Lebron James has been playing with house money. Every failure had an asterisk, most often supplied by the pro-Lebron sentiment in the National media. Lebron’s Cleveland Cavaliers have been the best team in the NBA for the last two seasons. Both years, they eclipsed 60-wins, secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and Lebron was named the league MVP.

Consequently, when the smoke settled, Lebron James walked off the court a loser, something he has experienced every single season during his NBA career.

For all intents and purposes, the Lebron vs. Kobe argument is a thing of the past – Kobe winning in a landslide without even having to do anything. More importantly, the pro-Lebron media pass is finished, as indicated by the hundreds of LeChoke columns surfacing in the newspapers, magazines and blogs over the last twenty-four hours.

For the first time in James’ career (and maybe in his life), he will be forced to look deep inside himself and determine what is most important to him. Coincidentally, Kobe Bryant, not so long ago, stood in James’ shoes, asking the same questions, searching for the same answers.

Once the media-darling of the NBA, Kobe knows all about the cold realities of being in the press dog-house. He also has a dusty trophy case of individual accolades locked away somewhere in his Nike-funded mansion. He understands the pressures of failing on the biggest stage in an MVP season – most recently to the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Failure is always a prerequisite for success – and Bryant’s biggest failures have most often times resulted in his greatest accomplishments. He discovered that in the world of professional sports, you don’t become the best player on a championship team without it being an obsession, a singular focus, an addiction.

For Lebron James, taking home the Larry O’Brien Trophy has seemed to be a lot more of a nice-to-have than a must-have.

Winning an NBA title has to take the center stage of his life. It has to be bigger than his lofty goal of becoming a billionaire. It has to be more important than gaining worldwide fame, recognition and celebrity. It has to take precedence over posh parties and scenic get aways with Jay-Z and the rest of his Hollywood crew.

When winning an NBA championship becomes bigger than Lebron James, then, and only then, will he have earned that crown he has so prematurely placed on his own head.

Until then, be it in Cleveland, New York or somewhere else, Lebron James will always be chasing Kobe Bryant.

  • Cher

    wonderful, wonderful article. very WELL SAID. my sentiments are exact.

    • avcpl

      I agree. Jason, love the way you write.

      One thing though, the phrase is not “For all intensive purposes” it should be “For all intents and purposes”–that’s a rookie mistake. :)

    • http://lakersground.net lakers4life372417

      “Kobe v. Lebron, #23 v. #24, The Black Mamba v. King James”

      kobe is #24 not # 23. lol.

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    ditto!

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    “We feared that he was good enough to make us all liars; brave enough to rip the torch out of Kobe Bryant’s hand; resolute enough to put an end to the Lakers repeat bid. In our very worst nightmares, Lebron James became exactly who the media had been telling us he was all along – the King of the NBA, the best player in the world, an NBA champion.”

    i could not read anymore after that paragraph man- rooting for the Celtics and fearing LBJ???? are you serious.
    I don’t know about you but if i had MJ-KB-and LBJ all at 20yrs old right now- give me KOBE. I will not doubt or let my faith in this Laker team dwindle because of media hype surrounding any other player. If you ‘fear” LBJ then somewhere in your mind you must believe that he is better than KB- so call me an idiot but I don’t fear him one bit…

    KOBE FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S- i could not argue with the person that would take MJ at 20- I just think KB is a better overall player :)

    • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

      You’re the first Lakers fan I’ve seen who rooted for the Cavs in that series. Polled Lakers fans on Twitter and 100% of them said they wanted Boston to win.

      • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

        I was not rooting for the Cavs because i want revenge on Boston. I was just saying that as Laker fans we should not fear LBJ because we have Kobe.

        • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

          Its not being scared of LeBron beating us in the Finals. Its a Kobe/LeBron legacy issue. As Kobe/Lakers fans, a lot of us want it proven that Kobe’s the better player in the league. The worse LeBron does, the better it makes Kobe look in comparison. Its all legacy.

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      i thought the article showed weakness.i wasn’t scurred of james but didn’t wanna have a older beat up kobe face that task. i’m with you.cause i in no way ever thought james was better the mamba.i mean fuck! don’t punk us out! you get in a fight then show weakness! you gotta stand strong.tough and proud,if your great!don’t show people your jugular!i’d destroy this article before people see it.when your a champ everyone’s after you anyway! but straight up make our mamba seem afraid. lol fucked up..but,anyway we gotta ring to win! go lakers!!!

  • LifeLongLakerFan

    Not only did he place his crown on his own head the Sports Media did so also. Other than that point…spot on article!

  • 242LakerFan

    I had fear. But not that LeBron would take the torch from Kobe. My fear was that Kobe, with all the injuries, the finger, the knee, the ankle, whatever…that he would not have enough left to hold off the onslaught of LeBron and almost the entire sports media, who have been angling for this passing for the last few years.
    My fear was that as LeBron came into his own, Kobe body was betraying him finally and the media would crown the upstart prematurely.
    But none of Kobe’s ailments have been age related. They were all contact injuries. Any rookie could have had any of these injuries. His body isn’t worn down, it’s just hurt. And he, as usual, has shrugged it off and is returning to true form. The warrioris locked in on his target, the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
    At the same time, LeBron has again shown that his will, his drive, his desire, is not enough to take his team (and don’t try and tell me now that he didn’t have help, no group of scrubs puts up 2 60-win seasons) to the top of the mountain. Magic’s was, Bird’s was, Michael’s was, Kobe’s is and will be.
    The real king is on his thrown. The true torchbearer still has a few miles to run. You can’t be handed a tin crown and claim a kingdom. Nobody can hand you the torch except the one who is carrying it. It will happen. It might even be LeBron who takes the torch, who claims the throne.
    But not yet. Not yet.

    • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

      well said, very well said

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      yeah,i liked your comment better than the article.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

      Yeah I’ll second that; I liked your comment better than the article. I saw this season as bad timing as well with Kobe and all the injuries. But sorry to the Laker fans I may offend but as a long time Laker fan I wasn’t hiding from the Cavs like bitch with it’s tail between it’s legs. The Cavs have flaws and it’s been known but seldom is it shown. When Boston re-exposed the wounds I simply had to give credit to the Celts all the while confident that the Lakers are capable of the same. As I was writing this the “Robin Hood” preview came on and couldn’t help but notice that the king who declared Russel Crowe and outlaw was wearing rings…?

  • Corey B from the RIC

    I have been saying this about LeBron from Day 1.He hasn’t had any real adversity or had the media start to question him until now.We saw how The Mamba handled it.It drove him to become better on and off the court.This is all David Stern’s and ESPN’s fault for turning their backs on Kobe to put LeBron on a throne and worship him.Kobe is still the best thing the NBA has going and that won’t change until Kobe decides to pass the torch.Now we will see what King James is really made of.If winning his his biggest priority then he needs to realize that Cleveland is probably not where he needs to be.

  • Punk

    Maybe the reason you were paying attention and were rooting against him was fear, but some of us were just tired of all they hype and attention that the man got without actually accomplishing much in the post season

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      that was my reason! and now i’m already sick of all the excuse’s of why HE lost. saying he had no supporting cast but they had the best record. that dude choked

      • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

        NOW TO GET HIM OFF THE HOOK HE’S THROWING HIS MOM UNDER A BUS AN SAY HER SCREWING HIS TEAM MATE(WEST).HAD HIS DISTRACTED. BASTARD HAS NO SHAME LOL WHAT A LEPUNK

  • tiana

    good article but as i keep saying i am rooting for the celtics for the fact of i want revenge on em n hv the lakers play in boston so i can see em. but fear lebron hells no. why fear some good player who is more of a chickeny cocky crybaby more than anything. im just glad this loss is finally making some ppl come to their sense n getting of this dopes bandwagon.

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      THAT DUDE IS A NOTORIOUS CHOKE ARTIST!! HE’D KILL US!! I AIN’T JOKING! DON’T DO IT MITCH. SAVE DR. BUSS MONEY. IF WE CAN AFFORD ANYONE LIKE THAT.GET D.WADE

      • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

        OPPS WRONG COMMENT SORRY

  • Mr. Tae

    Lebron to the lakers!!! Do it Mitch!!

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      THAT DUDE IS A NOTORIOUS CHOKE ARTIST!! HE’D KILL US!! I AIN’T JOKING! DON’T DO IT MITCH. SAVE DR. BUSS MONEY. IF WE CAN AFFORD ANYONE LIKE THAT.GET D.WADE THERE THAT’S BETTER LOL

      • Marwan Marzina

        If Dwyane Wade was lobbying for Lamar Odom in the offseason, why doesn’t he just come to Lakers where he can play with Lamar AND win a ring!

        • seankobe

          negative! wait for kobe to leave LA…NOAH for BYNUM on summer…

        • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

          SOUNDS GOOD D.WADE OUR NEW POINT GUARD

  • http://www.michaelserna23.com Michael_23

    How about Shaq for minimum of mid-level?

    But he’ll be benched. But considering Bynum gets injured every year, Shaq can be of big help!

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      YA, HE’D BE PERFECT FOR SIZE AN STRENGTH FOR WHEN WE NEED MUSCLE.BUT HIM AN KOBE WOULD BE FIGHTING AN MESS US ALL UP

  • anonymousss

    very good read my man.

    yes, i do agree with you on the fact that it was fear. i rooted for the Boston Celtics to blow out Cleveland Cavalier’s fire. because like you said, of fear. the media circus and others pushed for a kobe vs lebron, lakers vs cavs finals because of all the attention it will generate. all the questions hindering lebron since he arrived in the nba will slightly be answered. but i rooted for celtics, as ive said earlier because i truly felt the cavs will push the lakers to the limit and perhaps overtake kobe and the lakers. it is perhaps hiding the fact that lebron and the cavs are potentially better than kobe and the lakers.
    “lechoke” or not, the whole world is riding on his shoulders and i felt bad as lebron stood at the ft line with boston chanting “new york knicks”. the pressure of outside factors SHOULD NOT sink its way into a mans game but the sad fact is that it did. the infinite eyes of the public evidently affected the nba’s prodigy. honestly, all of the attention isnt self-inflicted. although lebron pushed and shoved his way to become the media king he is now, most of it, like you said, was spoon fed. he came into the league with all the pressure and he produced. i agree with him, he spoiled the public with his play. there cannot be a “emotionless” triple double as the cast on nbatv put it but it just because it is lebron.
    aside from fear, i also want a celtics vs lakers finals rematch. i guess i fear orlando magic too. they’re playing terrific team ball. and we all know what team ball can do, celtics played that card against cavs and produced an upset. but yeah, orlando might give the lakers a run for its money. so idk. but if its celtics vs lakers, we clearly will come out victorious and thus adding another chapter in our historic rival

  • uwee

    the last KING wore no 23, the reigning king is sporting 24….try changing to 25 LBJ, might give u luck but till then u and the rest should bow down to his purple and gold throne……

  • justdogm1

    but lebron isn`t a rat-like lip licking,gay photo taking selfish player……………..

    • Marwan Marzina

      No instead he is a ringless, egocentric, ringless, cry-baby, ringless, anti-clutch, ringless loser.

      • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

        and the faggot can’t stop chewing his nails. crack addict…

  • Mr. Tae

    Lebron to the lakers. When Kobe retires, he will take over. Showtime is back! Please, Mitch do it! Bynum, Lamar and draft picks for the king.

    • KBGOAT

      We don’t need lebron.

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      take over nothing HE IS A CHOKE UP!! A LOSER!!

      • seankobe

        you know what tae means in our country? it means shit! I can smell you get out of here!

  • Popcorn

    My only fear with LeBron in the finals was the refs really. He gets all kind of calls that are just not even appropriate in the regular season. Heck the whole Cavs team is tread it as if they are the Gods of basketball while they get away with all kind of crap. I am 100% sure that Stern would have had his soldiers ready to give them the tittle specially vs the Lakers. If Karma does exists and the finals is Celtics vs Lakers I can only hope Mr Stern make sure we win the first 2 games like he did with the Cs back in 08.

    • daboss1848

      im confused . . . stern is able to give the title to cavs but stern is not able to get the cavs to the finals?

      • Robert

        Stern would ‘like’ Celtics/Lakers in Finals, and would have also liked Cavs/Lakers in Finals. Either one is $$. So, it was expected that Cavs would get to Finals, but the Celtics had ‘blowouts’. When there are blowouts, it’s hard for the refs to make the game more ‘equal’ (i.e., they can’t call too many more fouls one one team or the other).
        .
        Just like in 2008, the refs gave the ‘benefit’ of a more equally matched series to the Celtics. If the Cavs would have made it to the Finals, the refs would have given the benefit to LeBron (the NBA really needs a poster child to ‘eventually’ take over when Kobe retires). But, it’s too early for that now – Kobe is still great, and LeBron has many years left.
        .
        Anyway, Stern would have been happy if the Cavs won, and is equally happy that the Celtics won – a win win series. What Stern would like is for the Celtics to defeat the Magic, and the Lakers to defeat the Suns. = $$ in the Finals. Lakers/Celtics will be watched by the world.

        • daboss1848

          so a 24 point lead by lthe lakers wasn’t a sufficient enough blowoout (25 pt lead is the cutoff)? stern helped the celtics get back and win that one too?
          .
          it’s clear what stern would like (but u focus on stern making this happen in 1st comment; 2nd comment is more reasonable thought process).
          .
          by the way, u know who else would like it? owners and players – b/c money goes to them . . . less money for nba = less money for owners = less money for players.

          • Robert

            yeah, you’re right! Stern gave the whole thing to the Celdicks in 2008. I forgot!
            .
            Boy, the NBA is more rigged than I thought. Thanks for pointing that out to us.

        • Popcorn

          Pfff, the Cavs HAD everything going for them simply put even with ref help they couldn’t even hang around the Celtics. Besides I said the 2 games the CS won at home back in 08. I never mentioned game 4. In that game the CS showed they could beat the Lakers but still they got help in game 1 and specially game 2.

  • Popcorn

    lol, I meant to say treat. Anyways Lets go Lakers .

  • Mr. Tae

    Now is Los Angeles chance grab the future and extend our playoff chances. Get lebron here and expect more playoff appearances. Do it mitch!

  • Marwan Deletes My Comments

    LBJ to the LA Lakers would be absolutely incredible for the Lakers, the city of LA, Kobe and LBJ.
    .
    Sign-and-trade this deal Mitch.
    It will make the Lakers organization millions of dollars, LBJ gets the bright lights he needs and Kobe looks like a mature superstar who is (unlike Shaq) willing to allow the yourger player to EVENTUALLY take over.
    Laker fans get more Championships.
    It’s a win all the way around.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

      are you the justdogm1… who puts out those comments? were you once the guy who loved to constantly and idiotically criticizing Kobe and the Lakers. If so, then you have changed…A LOT. It would be a brilliant move but would the league allow it and, if you were GM, who would you be prepared to give up for this deal?

  • Robert

    LA already over luxury, so LeBron to Lakers won’t happen (at least, not until 2013, when LeBron’s next contract expires). He’ll be 29 then, which is still young enough, if he keeps in shape, for another 6 years or so. However, Phil J. will probably be gone by then, as coach. LA would have to find a coach who could work well with LeBron (who by then would have expanded his skill set, and be ‘more’ of an icon).
    .
    What would be cool is Durant to LA after the next contract expiration. His upside is astronomical, and younger than LeBron. We need at least 4 more years, and 3 more rings w/Kobe, before he passes the torch.

    • Marwan Deletes My Comments

      It’s called a sign-and-trade. As long as LA sends back equal salary, it can be done.

      • Robert

        Who would Cleveland want (and LA give up) for LeBron?

        • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

          thats what i asked.

  • Mr. Tae

    The future is now if the team acquires lebron. It will be like when shaq signed with us back in 1996. Lebron is like magic. He will revive the showtime lakers once again. Mitch, I’m tellin ya, it is a win-win situation. do it.

    • lakershow2010

      lol..lebron and win cannot be put in the same sentence

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    To all those who are campaigning for LBJ to the Lakers- F you all. You guys are pathetic.
    1st to talk trash about him and hope he fails with the Cavs- u all make fun of him CHOKING and then you want him on the Lakers???

    You guys are the ones who call a girl ugly and then end up sleeping with her. PATHETIC MAN….

    WE DO NOT WANT OR NEED LBJ………acting as if Kobe is dead or old- the man is just injured. Look at the 37yr Grant Hill still going strong and he is not close to being as good as KB- at 37 KB will still be NICEEEEEEEEEEE.

    Now lets FOCUS on the WCF and beating the Suns- Stop this LBJ nonsense. I don’t want to win 75 games in the regular season then get knock out in the 1st round…

    • Marwan Deletes My Comments

      Very mature dropping F-Bombs…
      .
      Has it occured to you that maybe the few who are proposing the idea of LBJ to LA haven’t been the one’s clowning on him and calling him “LeChoke” on this site?
      .
      LBJ in his prime with KB24 in the latter years of his prime would be amazing to watch.

      • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

        Don’t patronize me. And yes, many of the same people who want LBJ to be a Laker are the sames ones that make fun of him.

        There is a famous American writer that said that in some situations a cuss word is the best solution. His name was Mark Twain- look him up. So yes, an F-bomb was my choice of words this time. To mock someone then want him on your team- to me that’s hypocrisy.

        • lakershow2010

          i second that

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      WE HAD KARL MALONE HE’S THE SAME GUY,NOT SERIOUS ABOUT WINNING CHOKE UP! JAMES CAN’T WIN NO CHAMPIONSHIP! AND IF HE WORE THE PURPLE AND GOLD AND STARTED THAT DANCING CLOWN SHIT,I’D RUN HIM OVER IN THE PARKING LOT AN DRAG HIM DOWN THE 405.

      • islandgirl

        That’s a good one!

  • LakersGal

    This article was right on what i have been feeling. Fear..fear of Lebron taking over Kobe. I finally admitted to my boyfriend why I always rooted against Lebron. (He is huge Lebron fan). So i am always arguing with him how Kobe is still the best. And my final words to put an end to the the debate has been…talk to me when lebron wins 4 rings. Number 2reason to dislike Lebron…is media. Media has forgotten Kobe, like the other day when Charles Barkley said Kobe is over the hill. Media has been in love with Lebron. Even now that Lebron has lost again, they are blaming his supporting cast, coaching staff. Lebron quit plain and simple. Last 90 second of game 6 showed how much heart Lebron really does have. He needed to be humbled (although i myself did feel a lil hint of sadness for him…weird).

    • islandgirl

      Funny you should say that! – To be honest with you, the MEDIA are the ones who basically made us Lakers fans hate LeBron even more than we normally would have!

      He hasn’t even won a ring yet and they already labeled him “The King”. … LeBron’s arrogance on top of the media’s love for him didn’t exactly help with our “love” factor as well.

      But for some reason, when he lost game 6 to Boston, I have to admit that I kind of felt sorry for the guy. Why? I have no idea but maybe it’s a female thing as we tend to have a little more compassion for others than the guys do.

      Anyway, I am very glad that Kobe is now the subject of the media and hopefully they will give him his credit as he is more than overdue for it!

  • Wil

    Interesting viewpoint. Personally I was happy because the ‘NBA” ignores Kobe’s popularity “#1 jersey sales”, Most popular team, all because of Colorado? What about Tim Donaghy. Look how Stern has handled this debacle. Fine after fine when a complaint is made about the refereeing.
    So the NBA adopts Lebron as their future while Kobe’s still in his prime. Kobe’s the “truth”. He wins. and will win more rings. Kobe is the real “MVP”. Even communist China knows this. So that’s why I rooted for Boston. I’m even rooting for Boston to win against the Magic. We deserve to redeem ourselves to put an end to the Boston mystique and come within 1 more championship of having the most championships. Just cause people have a bias against a team or two doesn’t make it any worse than rooting against a player or two. The end result is that the “truth” will prevail above all the “hype”. And yes we are “witnesses” to that.

  • Robert

    We’re all in the middle of some of the ‘great basketball years’, mostly because of Kobe, and certainly LeBron is part of that, as is DWade, and others. It is very interesting for everyone, and the media is a ‘part’ of that, saying whatever they can, no matter what, showing favoritism, making stupid comments and bad predictions – all for making $$ (media want us to watch them, so their sponsors can pay them – that’s all – but this is not new).
    .
    So at the current time, in spite of Kobe’s greatness, and phenomenal skill over ALL as arguably the greatest potential player ever, the media has chosen to make a big deal out of LeBron, and I know it pisses all of us off because we want them to see what we know – namely, that Kobe is the greatest player NOW. LeBron is certainly athletic, and amazing, but Kobe is a SUPERIOR baskeball player, on all levels.
    .
    So, after all is said and done, years after both Kobe and LeBron have retired, and the basketball legacy is looked upon with more ‘intelligent’ minds than occupy the media today, and ALL the noise from the current crop of media morons has died down, I claim the following:
    .
    The fact that Kobe played through ALL the media putdowns in ‘this era’, that he did things nobody can do or will do ever again (not even LeBron), that he won 7 (I hope) championships in the face of idiots claiming that he was ‘too old’ and ‘finished’, the fact that he excelled while all the ‘yelling’ and ‘hating’ for him was going on (unlike MJ who everyone had praise for) – THIS ALONE will make him the greatest basketball player of all time.
    .
    Have any of you encountered a situation where someone who is ‘really’ good at something, gets put down by all the haters? The better they are, the more they are hated? This is Kobe. Nobody else in basketball history experienced this: everyone loved Magic, MJ, Wilt, Dr. J, etc. etc. Nobody was ready like a ‘tiger’ to pounce on any of these guys, and so they had not only their home crowd to cheer them on, they had the World.
    .
    Yes, Kobe is #1 in jersey sales in the World, so perhaps the ‘rest of the world’ does appreciate him. But not the media here. Where are they? They will be ‘vapor’ in the future, and Kobe will go down as the greatest – right in the middle of adversity.
    .
    LeBron will ‘never’ know that, will ‘never’ achieve that. His only chance is now. But even with this recent loss, the media are ‘crying’ more than ‘blaming’. Their chosen one has failed them. They are more ‘hurt’, and so they have to find a way to forgive him.
    .
    The media (of today) will never do that with Kobe. Only after the 7th ring, they will ‘reluctantly’ concede his greatness.
    .
    But we all know that NOW. Let’s REVEL in this time, people! It will never come again. Do you see any current player, or better yet rookie coming out, who is like Kobe? Maybe Durant will come close, but probably not. And, LeBron has made his bed now.
    .
    It’s over. The media needs to get on board with us. To admit what we already know.

    • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

      100% accurate man- we are living in the greatest basketball period (so far). MJ never had to overcome the things that Kobe did-KB is a true Lion. MJ played against Bird and Magic when they were at the end of their respective careers.

      Look around the league today, have we ever had this many stars in the game at once?
      Dirk, CP3, Nash, Melo, Wade, Howard, LBJ, Durant, Rose, Stadomire, Bosh, Gasol, Joe Johnson, Kidd, Garnette, Rondo, Duncan, B Roy, Billups and the list goes on………..

      Still Kobe has emerged as superior. Just a few years ago KB was averaging 35ppg and scoring on ppl like it was a JV league. All these guys have tied to overtake the Mamba- and they are still trying. Did MJ ever have this many guys gunning for his spot? No. Not even close. Yet our KB24 still sits at the top (will be there for a while).

      Lakers 2010 champs!!!!!!!

      • LakersGal

        cent percent the TRUTH!

    • islandgirl

      My thoughts exactly!!! – Well Said!!!

  • lakerbunny

    LEBRONS NOT A BIG CITY PLAYER! HE NEEDS A PLACE THATS A GARBAGE DUMP AND A FASCADE OF A CITY. HE SHOULD STAY IN CLEVELAND! IF THE NETS WERE STAYING IN NEW JERSEY THAN IT WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE FOR HIM! THE LAST 2 YEARS HAVE PROVEN THAT HE CAN’T HANDLE THE PRESSURE! http://www.theforestlab.com/blog/ YEAH I KNOW ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WHINE, “HE TOOK A TEAM TO THE FINALS WITH NOBODY!” YES, BUT HE WAS ONLY PLAYING LEASTERN CONFERENCE TALENT! NO RE-BUILT BOSTON! NO PLAYOFF HARDENED MAGIC! THE ONLY TEAM WAS A #15 BENNETT SALVATORE ASSISTED MIAMI CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM! http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

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  • lakerbunny

    HEIMLICH! HEIMLICH! HEIMLICH! I’M TRYING TO STOP LEBRON FROM CHOKING! http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

  • Mr. Tae

    Guys. Me saying king jAmes to the lakers is born from the fact that team needs another superstar when the mamba retires. Y’all want the team to be reduced to mediocrity again when Kobe is gone?????? At least having lebron to take over the torch will show how significant the team is still after the era of the mamba has passed. Take for example the San Antonio spurs. When the admiral retired, Timmy Duncan took over and still won a few championships. It’s all about the FUTURE of the team. Do it, Mitch.

    • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

      Kobe is just 31 man, right now all we need is a good back-up player. Even when Kobe is 38 ( look at grant hill and Steve nash Grant Hill, even fish as 35) he will be a starter on the Lakers. Lets talk about another star in about 4yrs. Right now all we need to do is surround Kobe and Gasol with VERY SOLID roll players. These guys can win a few more titles- even 4 (if i’m lucky lol)

  • justdogm1

    since bryant took all those really GAY PHOTOS he`s played much smarter…..he might be leading to something ………….don`t drop the soap.

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      yeah lechokes gay ass dance dont make him play smarter.and still plays like a soft pussy..” i quit my elbow hurts but the doctor says nothings wrong with it”. lepunk

  • Mr. Tae

    Yeah he’s 31, but that’s
    a lot of mileage in those knees. He’s been playing since 1996. Think about the team.

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